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SWFI First Read, March 27, 2017

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QIA Sees Opportunities in Brexit

The Qatar Investment Authority (QIA), like many large sovereign funds such as Norway’s Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG), is heavily invested in the United Kingdom. In a public statement, Qatar Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani commented that Qatar expects to invest ‎£5 billion in Britain over the next five years.

BlackRock Showcases Two Index Funds for Hong Kong Mandatory Provident Fund’s DIS

Asset management giant BlackRock launched two new index funds that are designed for the Hong Kong Mandatory Provident Fund. Since 2003, BlackRock has provided fund options for the scheme. The index funds will be used under the scheme’s Default Investment Strategy (DIS). These funds will also be used as benchmarks to analyze the performance of DIS funds. The two new funds are the BlackRock World Equity Index Fund and the BlackRock World Government Bond Index Fund. The funds will track the FTSE MPF All-World Index and the Citi MPF World Government Bond Index.

New Caledonia Contemplates a Sovereign Wealth Fund

The government of New Caledonia is contemplating creating a sovereign wealth fund. New Caledonia is heavily reliant on economic support from France. The territory does have natural resources such as nickel.

Royal Dutch Shell Sells Gabon Onshore Oil Portfolio to The Carlyle Group

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China Helps Pakistan’s Foreign Reserves

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Despite Pakistan witnessing an increase in exports, the rapid increase in crude prices and lackluster financial inflows, have affected the country’s balance of payments position. Trying to avoid a full-scale currency crisis, Pakistan is also dealing with a fiscal budget deficit and a current account deficit. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Russia-Japan Investment Fund to Back Wood Pellet Production in Russia

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The Russian Far East has a lot of timber, and for that wood pellets is a source of biofuel. A while back, the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) formed the Russia-Japan Investment Fund (RJIF) with the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC). RDIF and JBICIG Partners as part of RJIF, together with RFP Group and Japan’s Prospect Co., Ltd. have agreed to collaborate and consider potential investments in Russia’s biofuel industry. JBICIG Partners is a subsidiary of the Japan Bank for International Cooperation.

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RDIF Lures Asian Investors Toward Russian Surgical Robot Project

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The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) is partnering with a number of unnamed Asian co-investors to allocate capital toward a project to create and manufacture Russian surgical robots. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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